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#493211 - 09/28/18 03:38 AM [User Showcase] Gimme Your Dough !
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Hi everybody,

I was more than just excited when I read all those kind words about my first appearance here (Hens Night ’68), especially as this was the first time I had presented one of my songs / videos to native English speakers - thanks an awful lot again for your positive feedback.

I was quite uncertain which song / video I should post here next, but I finally decided to put back the more ‘conventional’ songs for now and come out with the weirdest project I have put together so far:

GIMME YOUR DOUGH !

While in the beginning I wrote songs and afterwards thought of how to build a video around them, I lately tend to regard song and video as a unity, which means that I already have the video in mind when I start writing the lyrics.

I do hope you don’t mind my passion for funny or even weird stuff - before I retired I was (and loved to be) a serious and staid SLP, but now I feel free to at leadt sometimes just let it all hang out (hope that this is the appropriate expression) and just tell strange stories. After all, my sense of humour was significantly shaped by early American comedians like my all-time hero, the one and only Tom Lehrer.

So GIMME YOUR DOUGH was my first almost absurd project - it’s a funky number (not the most sophisticated song I’ve written so far, I admit...) telling the adventures of Funky Fritz in the form of a musical photo novel (which I hereby claim to have invented - LOL).

And I'm very proud of the fact that my lovely wife Maha (who also did all the EQing and mixing), my beloved brother Henni and my best friend Harald did me the honour of being in on it !

As to the musical development: Not so easy to recall, because I changed and changed and changed a lot in the course of it. As far as I can trace it back, I designed the song with BIAB, using the _TBLZRAS style.

After I had shifted it to RealBand I replaced the bass track by an own bass line and also wrote a completely new drum track using a VST plug-in called MT-POWERDRUMS, because although BIAB in my mind is one of the finest apps ever developped, it has its limitations, when it comes to certain breaks or rhythmic effects (or I still don’t know it well enough...)

Bit by bit I must have replaced all the original RealTracks, so I finally ended up with the following ones:

Guitar: RT1637
Organ 1: RT2619
Organ 2: RT689

Then I added some minor guitar licks played on my Fender Strat and a Wah-Wah loop I had accidentally come across.

Like always the horns arrangement was developped using the RB piano roll, then using Kontakt 5 to re-direct the MIDI track to Native Instruments’ Session Horns. The same goes for the short string interlude - here I used Native Instruments’ Session Strings.

Well, I think that’s it. I really do hope you will enjoy that weird thing. And I promise the next post will be a normal one: Cross my heart and hope to die...

All the best and have a great weekend,

Stefan

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#493271 - 09/28/18 10:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gimme Your Dough ! [Re: Crossroads]
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Very cute song. Background music was very cool. Creative piece.

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#493290 - 09/28/18 11:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gimme Your Dough ! [Re: Crossroads]
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Huge fun. You deserve a following. I'd heard this actually before today following links from the page. It's the one that made me "subscribe", if that says anything.
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#493300 - 09/28/18 12:42 PM [User Showcase] Re: Gimme Your Dough ! [Re: Crossroads]
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Stefan, very clever work here! Super video, excellent backing tracks, great vocal and outstanding lyrics.

This is an excellent posting!
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#493333 - 09/28/18 01:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: Gimme Your Dough ! [Re: Crossroads]
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That video made me smile. A little crazy as you say, but funny as well. And I like the funky music.

Good work!
Will

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#493358 - 09/28/18 04:21 PM [User Showcase] Re: Gimme Your Dough ! [Re: Crossroads]
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Amazing amount of work in the video and clever song.
Extremely creative and one of the more innovative videos I have seen here.
Lot's of talent on show.

Peter

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#493363 - 09/28/18 04:34 PM [User Showcase] Re: Gimme Your Dough ! [Re: Crossroads]
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Stefan,

I found this a really fun and fantastic listen (and watch on Youtube). You sure know your way around creating first class music! Everything about this presentation positively sparkles with musicianship and theatrical confidence.

I really enjoyed it.

All the best,
Noel
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#493367 - 09/28/18 05:20 PM [User Showcase] Re: Gimme Your Dough ! [Re: Crossroads]
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laugh Yes, that was a lot of FUN! And a bit of 70s cinematic soundtrack. The string interlude "Thinking of my childhood..." was unusual but worked well.

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#493384 - 09/28/18 06:49 PM [User Showcase] Re: Gimme Your Dough ! [Re: Crossroads]
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Another amusing song - well executed though I think the drums are a) too far back & b) lack power on the one.
The video was fun but the intro was a little too loong - I almost gave up but was happier once the music began.
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#493471 - 09/29/18 11:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gimme Your Dough ! [Re: Crossroads]
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Super creative! The sound is superb and the lyrics funny and well crafted.

How much time and energy it took to do the video I could never know - but WOW!!!

A wonderful project at every level!!!

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#493544 - 09/30/18 06:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gimme Your Dough ! [Re: Scott C]
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Crossroads Offline
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Thanks a lot, Scott C!

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#493545 - 09/30/18 07:08 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gimme Your Dough ! [Re: Tangmo]
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Hi Tamgo,

so you are the one helping me to go viral: This song has already had more than 50 YT views within 7 months - and I'm afraid most of them were mercy clicks by my familiy laugh...

No, seriously: Thanks a lot for your kind review and your subscription to my YT channel - a new song / video will be uploaded there in a couple of weeks and I'll be happy if you'll enjoy it, too.

Cheers from Germany,

Stefan

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#493548 - 09/30/18 07:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gimme Your Dough ! [Re: MarioD]
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Thanks a lot, MarioD, I really, really appreciate your positive comment.

Kid regards,

Stefan

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#493550 - 09/30/18 07:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gimme Your Dough ! [Re: Will Josef]
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Hello Will Josef,

I do know that stuff like that project is not everybody's stick, so I'm very glad you enjoyed it. Thank you very much for your kind reply.

Cheers from DE to DK

Stefan

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#493554 - 09/30/18 07:33 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gimme Your Dough ! [Re: PeterF]
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Peter, thanks again for another very kind comment.

Yes, it was a lot of work: Took me almost three months from the first line of the lyrics to the 'roll-out'. But making it was huge fun for all of us.

And with every new project I experience and learn new things.

For exammple that there are Chinese shops that sell costumes incl. P&P (express delivery) for less money than German Post would charrge for the mere postage within our country - amazing smile

Have a good week,

Stefan

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#493555 - 09/30/18 07:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gimme Your Dough ! [Re: Noel96]
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Noel,

wow, what ca I say but thanks an awful lot for your fantastic comment on Gimme Your Dough. I'm reall glad you liked it and maybe you will enjoy some other stuff I will post here in the future.

Thanks again and have a great week,

Stefan

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#493556 - 09/30/18 07:39 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gimme Your Dough ! [Re: Ezekiel's Storm]
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Crossroads Offline
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Hi Ezekiel's Storm,

thanks a lot - I'm happy that you enjoyed the project.

All the best,

Stefan

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#493566 - 09/30/18 08:29 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gimme Your Dough ! [Re: rayc]
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Hi rayc,

thanks a lot for the review and especially your annotations.

Yes, in my opinion you're right: The drums could be a bit louder, but I guess you know how it is: You check the mix on 6, 7 or even more different devices, and there's always a noticable difference... And before Maha (who does all the mixing - I'm a mixing idiot) says, 'OK - roll-out now! we always have some friends who are musicians themselves listen to it. And it always shows that tastes may differ quite a lot.

As to the admittedly pretty long intro: I'm aware of the fact that this is a musicians' forum, so it will always be the song in the first place for its members and for some of them a video will always be just ann add-on.

But like I wrote, I planned this as a unit, not as a mere music video, right from the start and did not aim at any specific audience. And I wanted to introduce the character 'Funky Fitz' somehow, because I might bring it back with another 'adventure' one day.

But I'm happy you didn't lose your patience...

Cheers from Frankfurt and thanks again for your review,

Stefan

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#493567 - 09/30/18 08:36 AM [User Showcase] Re: Gimme Your Dough ! [Re: gruverider]
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Hi Gruverider,

you really made my day!

Thanks an awful lot for your lovely comment - I'm happy that I met your sense of humour and music.

Yes, it was a lot of work, but it was even more fun.

Have a great week, cheers from Frankfurt,

Stefan

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#493609 - 09/30/18 01:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: Gimme Your Dough ! [Re: Crossroads]
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As gruve said: "How much time and energy it took to do the video I could never know - but WOW!!!"

I suspect there more enough arranging, mixing, writing, etc., in this song that what weve done cumulatively over the last several months smile

We couldn't imagine tackling a project of those dimensions.

But it works big time. The video and audio production sounds and looks great. Funny, creative, well performed vocally/instrumentally and always engaging.

Thanks for the journey smile

J&B
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